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Old Jul 15, 2006, 1:24 AM   #21
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Greg: go to sleep! Just kidding.

A few more questions:

what setting were you using? SHQ? HQ? What compression?

Did you PP alot of your photos?

Do you change the sharpness, contrast, etc.?

Also, I noticed that you lowered the exposure a little? How did you know to do this?


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Old Jul 15, 2006, 1:24 AM   #22
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Greg: go to sleep! Just kidding.

A few more questions:

what setting were you using? SHQ? HQ? What compression?

Did you PP alot of your photos?

Do you change the sharpness, contrast, etc.?

Also, I noticed that you lowered the exposure a little? How did you know to do this?


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Old Jul 15, 2006, 1:31 AM   #23
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sorry. my pc messed up.

Also, did youpost-process a lot of your photos?
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Old Jul 15, 2006, 1:31 AM   #24
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sorry. my pc messed up.

Also, did youpost-process a lot of your photos?
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Old Jul 15, 2006, 1:53 AM   #25
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Let's see if I can answer all those...

I shot RAW exclusively, so I made no in-camera settings for the various perameters likes sharpness, contrast, white balance other than just to leave them alone in the default settings. I adjusted them later in the post processingas neededwhen I ran the files through Capture One LE RAW converter. I took four 1 gig cards on the tripand a 40GB Wolverine imagetank. Every evening I unloaded the cards into the image tank, reformatted and used them again the next day.

I utilize two types of metering. I am not a fan of multi-segment metering. I like center-weighted and spot so I know what the camera is metering. All outdoor shots were taken using centerweighted metering.

Indoors I switched to spot. The reason why is because there are lots of variations in lighting in churches. Beautiful paintings, dimly litstatues or beautiful frescos on the highceilingsnext to bright windows. I would pick out a portion of a subject, determine whether it was to be a darker or brighter area within the scene, metered in spot mode,and adjusted my exposure compensation accordingly. I'd take the picture and check it on the LCDto see if I got the image the way I wanted (the beauty of digital). If not, I adjusted further until I got the image the way I wanted it. Averaging or multi-segment metering in many cases will take the bright parts ofa scene and overpower the lower-lit areas. Spot metering assures meI'm getting the results or metering on the areaI want. One subject in particular, stained glass windows. I always made sure I was metering only the stained glass, not the dark walls around it, and I'd usually adjust the compensation by -1 or so to deepen the colors and prevent overexposed, blown out areas.


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Old Jul 15, 2006, 8:36 PM   #26
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Greg. Thanks a ton. See my latest post on why a chose the E500. Any thoughts?



Keep up the great work buddy. I was checking out your stuff on Smugmug. Love the 7-14 lens. Fabulous work.
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I think you'll like that body alot. Did you get the two lens kit with it? I know you're looking for a faster normal lens, but I've seen some awfully good photos made with the 40-150 f3.5-4.5. Also, Sigma is about to start selling (this Fall, I think)several of their more popular lenses in Olympus mount, including their 18-50 f2.8- you and that lens might be made for one another. I know you were looking at the Panasonic (Leica) lens as well but I think, at least at first, that lens is only going to be sold with the L-1 body as a kit. I will be keenly looking at reviews of the L-1.It looks like the ergonomics will be great, but I think the combination is going to cost too much money at first. For the money, and since I already have the lenses, I'd go with an E-500 or E-330 if I were looking for a body right now.

Here's a posting on those new (for Olympus users) Sigma lenses:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06...sigma43rds.asp

I know there are several E-users right now impatiently waiting for the 30mm f1.4 and 50-500.

I have been very happy since moving to my current outfit, especially with the 7-14. The other two lenses are very good too, but the 7-14 is really unique.

Post some images for us when you get a chance.
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Old Jul 15, 2006, 9:45 PM   #28
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Will do. I have a lot to learn but will post and hopefully I will develop. I am currently using Kodak Easyshare Gallery. http://www.kodakgallery.com/davidcummings The earlier ones are with an Olympus p&S (Stylus 300) and Sony p&S (P100). The Italy pics are kinds interesting. Some good golf shots using my dad's Olympus C7000.

SmugMug looks a lot better. Easy to post there? I have already started on Kodak though.

I did get the two lens kit (last week). But, I couldn't have made the decision without having rented the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 lens. It helps a ton. SO, I think with the Sigma 2.8 14-50 coming out in the fall, I will just buy a used the 14-54 for now. Want it for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam/Brussels. Will the OIS on the Leica help in low-light? That is my main interest. (I think I will get over this low-light fetish soon)
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are tehre any sites that review RAW coverters? Currently I am using CS2 with the OEM olympus raw converter plug-in, I am not to happy so far... the previews are very small and really hard to see if your getting it right before conversion.

thanks

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stripperdave-

I use that Sigma 30mm F 1.4 lens on my Nikon D-50 and have been very impressed with it. Here is an existing light sample. I would certainly buy that lens for my E-500 when it is available as I really like that lens.

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